Firsthand perspective from farmers about how food is grown. Author Michele Payn & RDN Nicole Rodriguez arm the dietitian community with the REAL stories of agriculture and empower RDNs to help others feel more confident in their food choice, with tips about how people are bullied about nutrition.
Michele & Nicole know nutrition experts are hungry for connection with those who grow, raise, and produce food. This Food Bullying podcast brings together voices from the agrifood sector to help you better understand the food you're so passionate about.
Why a dietitian from the Bronx works with farmers: Episode 79
Michele Payn welcomes Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Nicole Rodriguez to the Food Bullying podcast as the new co-host. A second career dietitian, Nicole found a huge disconnect between her education in New York City and agriculture. Michele and Nicole have teamed up help dietitians and consumers get firsthand perspective from farmers about how food is grown.
Nicole Rodriguez, registered dietitian and certified personal trainer, resides in the metro New York area, where she offers nutrition counseling and fitness coaching to a diverse clientele. Always encouraging her friends, family, followers, and clients to make fruits and vegetables the stars of their plates, Nicole serves as a partner in kind with the Produce For Better Health Foundation. Eager to inspire the next generation of bold, active, and compassionate entrepreneurs, Nicole serves as leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. In her spare time, you’ll find her browsing the grocery store aisles, working on her deadlift, and on the beach with her family. Visit enjoyfoodenjoylife.com for more info.
Listen in to learn more about the people behind the voices at the newly re-launched Food Bullying podcast.
Chatting cranberries: when they float, why they are diet go to, and more!
Amber, AKA @CranberryChats on Insta and Facebook, is a fifth generation Wisconsin cranberry grower and mom raising the first of the sixth generation. She's a farmer working alongside her entire family and now trying to navigate the work life balance with a new baby.
She wants people to know all of the work that goes into growing cranberries. They only float at harvest (really!) and sustainability is a huge priority for cranberry growers. Amber also wants to encourage you to enjoy cranberries year round - not just during the holidays. She shares ideas for dietitians and consumers in ways to use cranberries in snacks and baking.
The biggest misconception in Amber's work that the dietetic community needs to know? There is some misinformation that cranberry juice doesn’t help UTIs due to the added sugar in cranberry juice cocktail. Cranberries are great for helping treat and prevent UTIs; Amber suggests switching from the cocktail to the pure cranberry juice if you're concerned with the sugar. Cranberries are a naturally low sugar fruit.
Learn more about this fruit and farming, whether you're an RDN or foodie and follow along with Amber on social media.
Bacon, bullies, and breaded tenderloins
Leon Sheets is a pig farmer in northeast Iowa and his family grows corn, soybeans, and hay using several conservation practices to protect the soil and water. They have 12,000 pigs, from just weaned to harvest, which are cared for using Modern Inside Production Housing. Leon says "Pork Producers We Care Principals is at the foundation of how we raise and care for our pigs."
While sharing animal care and environmental practices, Leon also provides insight on the nutrition and cooking of pork. He points to fat as maybe the easiest, quickest word used to describe an objection to using Pork. Historically Pork has been portrayed as not the healthiest choice for an active lifestyle, and unfamiliarity with cooking gets raised. "Unless it's Bacon. Than there's love for that. Our consumers/customers are looking for healthy variety in their diets, and look to or listen to what Dietitian or Nutritionist are saying."
This pig farmer wants you to know "We Care. It's what we do. Making sure what we raise and grow gives our consumers a safe enjoyable eating experience."
Connect with "The Pig Farmer" across social media.
Stop food guilt over cow burps & beef
Everything we eat has a direct impact on the environment. Debbie Lyons-Blythe is a cattle rancher from Kansas and has been working on sustainability for years. She is the chairman elect of the US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.
Debbie highlights how beef is good for the environment. Cattle sequester carbon from land that cannot be used for anything besides grazing. She calls on dietitians to overcome the misinformation about meat - people have been bullied to believe that going vegan for a day will save the planet.
This rancher also touches on concerns around early puberty and development. A mom herself, Debbie understands concerns about girls developing early and highlights the science that shows caloric intake has led to that. She shares the process of why hormones and antibiotics are used - and how your food is safe.
She wants RDNs and consumers to know "Ranchers care! We spend our entire life doing the right thing for cattle and the land." Debbie works daily to help give people insight about how beef is really raised and finds all of the misinformation about methane, hormones, and antibiotics in beef disheartening. Connect with her on Instagram at @kidscowsandgrass.
Dietitians defending farmers?
Dustin Moore is a dietitian active in research, education, and public health communication who thinks it's time for RDNs to circle the wagons around agriculture. His favorite topics of discussion include food production, agriculture, public policy, and culture. He and his family are active in their community and church, always cooking or trying new foods. He also wants to be Batman...LOL.
"I wish dietitians understood and held a little more reverence for the fact that a booming food supply is a good problem to have. We'll deal with the chronic illnesses associated with poor diet, AND circle the wagons to deflect unwarranted criticism towards our food suppliers - the farmers." says Dustin, who teaches at CSU Long Beach / UC Irvine.
He encourages students and ALL dietitians to exercise a little more caution and refrain with how much we all empower politicians to shape that food supply through policy and law. "I think many problems associated with diet quality can be traced to the disconnect that exists between the public and agriculture; distrust of production methods, increased/unfair demand on food producers, greater leverage by policymakers against food producers, waste and distribution."
He provides great insight on the vacuum between RDNs and agriculture - and those who have filled it with misinformation. Learn more from Dustin at https://dustinmoore.substack.com/, on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Publichealthdad, or be amused by his tweets at @theamericanrd.
Cattle, Conspiracy, & Kansas Heat
Heat index crisis. 10,000 cattle dead. A lot of questions. Claims of conspiracy. Disgust. Physical exhaustion. Emotionally drained.
All of these describe what happened in early June in southwest Kansas. DVM Tera Barnhardt explains how cattle overheated in a rare event in Kansas. This veterinarian offers the "boots on the ground" perspective on what happened in June 2022 that resulted in the deaths of thousands of beef cattle.
A mom of three, Tera has firsthand knowledge of the farms and people impacted by the unusual combination of high humidity, high heat, and very little wind. Listen in to better understand how this sudden heat index crisis physical impact on a 1500 beef steer.
She also addresses how difficult these crises are on the people of agriculture. Watching cattle die and having to move them is physically and emotionally exhausting. This weather incident had an impact far beyond the cattle and Tera provides context on what it looks like in southwest Kansas.
A great podcast vwith Michele, who is a great advocate for bridging the gap between farm and fork. She covers super interesting subjects that all should hear.
Power insight into the truth behind the marketing of foods and labeling. And explained with words we can all understand. Definitely recommended to those that have questions on food and nutrition.